January 29, 2008 brought Project Homeless Connect Events to counties across the state. In conjunction with this service model, Point-in-Time Surveys were conducted to count the homeless population in New Jeresy. The Trenton Times reported on the Point-In-Time efforts in Mercer County.
Counting the homeless
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 BY LISA CORYELL
TRENTON — You won’t find Jeffrey Bakos waiting in line for a bed at any city shelter. You won’t find him enjoying a hot meal at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. You won’t find him applying for welfare benefits downtown.
No, to find the fiercely independent Bakos you have to go to where he lives — in a makeshift shanty covered by a blue plastic tarp deep in the woods off Lalor Street. And that’s just where volunteers located him yesterday morning during the city’s annual Point in Time count, a daylong tabulation of the area’s homeless population.
Armed with a federal survey, volunteers queried Bakos on everything from his vital statistics to his personal history and medical needs.